American Quartet

The American Quartet was a four-member vocal group that recorded for various companies in the United States between 1899 and 1925. The membership varied over the years, but the most famous line-up — comprising John Bieling (first tenor), Billy Murray (second tenor), Steve Porter (baritone), and William F. Hooley (bass) — recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1909 to 1913. The same group of singers also recorded for Edison Records as the Premier Quartet (or Quartette), and for that and other labels as the Premier American Quartet. From 1912 to 1914 the quartet also recorded with countertenor Will Oakland as the Heidelberg Quintet.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1909, Died 1922

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group

Notes: Listed on some disc labels as American Quartette.

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 364 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-20802 10-in. 9/26/1917 It's a long way to Berlin, but we'll get there! American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20803 10-in. 9/26/1917 Cheer up, 'Liza American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-21008 10-in. 10/26/1917 Bring back the Kaiser to me American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-21009 10-in. 10/26/1917 The Dixie volunteers American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-21426 10-in. 1/24/1918 'Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon (For her lover who is fur, fur away) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-21681 10-in. 4/17/1918 Keep your head down, Fritzie boy American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-21682 10-in. 4/17/1918 We stopped them on the Marne American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-22176 10-in. 7/25/1918 Everything is peaches down in Georgia American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-22177 10-in. 7/25/1918 The Yanks are at it again American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-22665 10-in. 3/31/1919 Lullaby blues (In the evening) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-22666 10-in. 3/31/1919 Anything is nice if it comes from Dixieland American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-22896 10-in. 6/9/1919 Jazzola American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-23066 10-in. 7/14/1919 Dixie is Dixie once more American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-23067 10-in. 7/14/1919 Breeze (Blow my baby back to me) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with oboe, bassoon, and orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-23069 10-in. 7/14/1919 Train time at Pun'kin Centre Cal Stewart Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-23135 10-in. 9/5/1919 Uncle Josh's birthday American Quartet ; Ada Jones ; Cal Stewart Descriptive scene, with female vocalist, male vocal quartet, and orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-23137 10-in. 9/5/1919 Alexander's band is back in Dixieland American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-23413 10-in. 10/15/1919 Floatin' down to Cotton Town American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-23414 10-in. 10/15/1919 Poor little Butterfly is a fly gal now American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-23998 10-in. 5/6/1920 There's a typical Tipperary over here American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-23999 10-in. 5/6/1920 I love the land of Old Black Joe American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-24993 10-in. 3/11/1921 Nestle in your daddy's arms American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-25347 10-in. 6/15/1921 Stand up and sing for your father an old time tune American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-25348 10-in. 6/15/1921 Melon time in Dixieland American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-25527 10-in. 8/22/1921 Down at the old swimming hole American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
(Results 226-250 of 364 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "American Quartet," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552.

American Quartet. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552.

"American Quartet." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552

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